DANIEL CANDEIAS admits the high tempo style and rough and tumble nature of Scottish football suits his game perfectly.

The winger has become a key part of Steven Gerrard's squad this season as Rangers have moved to the top of the table.

Candeias’ work rate and energy has become a hallmark of his play and he reckons that allows him to perform as well in the Premiership.

He said: “That is my style for football. I started in Porto, and in Portugal all the players have a lot of passion.

"Here it is the same. It is a big club with great supporters and I am very happy to play for this club.

"I like the football here, the intensity, this year I think there is more quality and I am very happy.

"It is different football here, more physical, more intensity, but our players like this kind of football. This for me is the best kind of football for my style of play.

"I think it is good for me, I like football, I don’t think about anything other than my work, and my team-mates."

Candeias has hit the headlines in recent weeks after being sent off in the win over St Mirren and draw with Villarreal.

Rangers were furious with the decision from referee Willie Collum to show him a second yellow card following an altercation with Buddies defender Anton Ferdinand.

And the Portuguese is bemused at why he was sent off after he celebrated Alfredo Morelos’ late winner in Paisley.

He said: “I don’t know [what happened]. It was just the decision of the referee and okay sometimes you don’t believe this decision but it is the decision of the referee. I just need to forget the red cards now.

“This is the football. The gaffer talked this morning with the team and spoke to me after the red cards.

“He told me to forget the red cards and focus in the game because this is a really hard month for the team.”